Society

83-Year-Old City Council Candidate Charged with Prostitution

| by Michael Allen

Centerville, Iowa, city council candidate Ben Clifford Dawson was charged this week with prostitution and intent to commit sexual abuse. An investigation began on Oct. 22 because a woman told police that the 83-year-old Dawson volunteered to repay a loan with sexual services.

After she refused the offer, he allegedly began grabbing her and kissing her neck. Dawson was released from the Appanoose County Jail on $2,000 bond Tuesday. He faces two aggravated misdemeanor charges of prostitution and intent to commit sexual abuse, reports KTVO.

Candidates for city council in Centerville are not required to reveal their party affiliation. So far Dawson has not claimed a political party and no party has claimed him.